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Unluer Cise








Dr/Lecturer
BEng, MSc, DIC, Ph.D.
Office: N1, 01c-74
Tel: (65) 6790-5316
Email: UCise@ntu.edu.sg



Academic History:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Postdoctoral Associate at the Concrete Sustainability Hub, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Period: August 2012 - June 2013
  • University of Cambridge
    PhD in Structural and Environmental Engineering
    Graduation: July 2012
  • Imperial College London
    MSc and DIC (Diploma of the Imperial College) in Concrete Structures and Business Management
    Graduation: September 2007
  • Vanderbilt University
    BEng in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics
    Graduation: May 2006

Professional Experience:

  • Institution: National University of Singapore
    Position: Visiting Researcher
    Period: March – April 2011
  • Institution: University of Cambridge
    Position: Researcher
    Period: April 2009 – July 2012
  • Company: Ramboll Group (London)
    Position: Structural Engineer
    Period: October 2007 – March 2009
  • Institution: Imperial College London
    Position: Researcher
    Period: May 2007 – September 2007

Teaching Experience:

  • Graduate courses:
    • Advanced Concrete Technology (CV6109)
  • Undergraduate courses:
    • Reinforced Concrete Design (CV3011)
    • Mechanics of Materials (CV1011)
    • Sustainable Built Environment (CV0001)
    • Civil Engineering Laboratory (CV2711)

Memberships of Professional Organizations:

  • Asian Cement and Concrete Research Academy, China
  • Building Construction Authority (BCA) Rebranding Implementation Workgroup, Singapore
  • BCA Lecturers Focus Group, Singapore
  • Institution of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society, United Kingdom


  • Sustainable construction materials
  • Low carbon cements
  • Recycled aggregate concrete
  • Nucleation seeding
  • Alkali activation of supplementary cementitous materials
  • Alternative routes for cement production
  • Life cycle analysis
  • 3D printing


  • Best Presentation– Awarded by the International Scientific Research and Experimental Development at the 19th International Conference on Sustainable Building Materials and Construction Technologies, 2017
  • John Cheung Endowment Social Media Award– Awarded by Nanyang Technological University, 2015
  • IWHM Bernard Butler Trust– Grant by the Institution of Works & Highways Management, May 2011
  • Lord Frederick Cavendish Studentship– Awarded by Lucy Cavendish College, July 2010
  • Dow Sustainability Innovation Challenge – Overall winner at the University of Cambridge, March 2010
  • Fulbright Scholar – Cyprus America Scholarship Program by Fulbright Commission, August 2002
  • Vanderbilt Engineering Academic Achievement Scholar – Merit based in engineering, August 2002
  • Vanderbilt University Dean’s List – Merit based list, 2002 – 2006


Journal Papers

  • S. Ruan, J. Liu, E.-H. Yang, C. Unluer, Performance and microstructure of calcined dolomite and reactive magnesia-based concrete samples, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (2017), 29(12), 04017236 More details...
  • C. Sonat, C.H. Lim, M. Liska, C. Unluer, Recycling and reuse of reactive MgO cements – a feasibility study, Construction and Building Materials (2017), 157, 172-181 More details...
  • C. Sonat, N.T. Dung, C. Unluer, Performance and microstructural development of MgO-SiO2 binders under different curing conditions, Construction and Building Materials (2017), 154, 945-955. More details...
  • C. Sonat, C. Unluer, Investigation of the performance and thermal decomposition of MgO and MgO-SiO2 formulations, Thermochimica Acta (2017), 655, 251-261. More details...
  • N.T. Dung, C. Unluer, Influence of nucleation seeding on the performance of carbonated MgO formulations, Cement and Concrete Composites (2017), 83, 1-9. More details...
  • N.T. Dung, C. Unluer, Carbonated MgO concrete with improved performance: The influence of temperature and hydration agent on hydration, carbonation and strength gain, Cement and Concrete Composites (2017), 82, 152-164. More details...
  • S. Ruan, C. Unluer, Influence of supplementary cementitious materials on the performance and environmental impacts of reactive magnesia cement concrete, Journal of Cleaner Production (2017), 159, 62-73. More details...
  • S. Ruan, C. Unluer, Influence of mix design on the carbonation, mechanical properties and microstructure of reactive MgO cement-based concrete, Cement and Concrete Composites (2017), 80, 104-114. More details...
  • N.T. Dung, C. Unluer, Sequestration of CO2 in reactive MgO cement-based mixes with enhanced hydration mechanisms, Construction and Building Materials (2017), 143, 71-82. More details...
  • S. Ruan, C. Unluer, Effect of air entrainment on the performance of reactive MgO and PC mixes, Construction and Building Materials (2017), 142, 221-232. More details...
  • H. Dong, C. Unluer, E.-H. Yang, A. Al-Tabbaa, Synthesis of reactive MgO from reject brine via the addition of NH3H2O, Hydrometallurgy (2017), 169, 165-172. More details...
  • M.H. Fasihnikoutalab, A. Asadi, C. Unluer, B.B.K. Huat, R.J. Ball, S. Pourakbar, Utilization of alkali-activated olivine in soil stabilization and the effect of carbonation on unconfined compressive strength and microstructure, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering (2017), 29(6), 06017002. More details...
  • V. Rheinheimer, C. Unluer, J. Liu, S. Ruan, J. Pan, P.J.M. Monteiro, XPS study on the stability and transformation of hydrate and carbonate phases within MgO systems, Materials (2017), 10, 75. More details...
  • N.T. Dung, C. Unluer, Improving the performance of reactive MgO cement-based concrete mixes, Construction and Building Materials (2016), 126, 747-758. More details...
  • E.T. Gall, C. Sonat, W.W. Nazaroff, C. Unluer, Investigating CO2 removal by Ca- and Mg-based sorbents with application to indoor air treatment, Building and Environment (2016), 110, 161-172. More details...
  • S. Ruan, C. Unluer, Comparative life cycle assessment of reactive MgO and Portland cement production, Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 137, 258-273. More details...
  • L. Pu, C. Unluer, Investigation of carbonation depth and its influence on the performance and microstructure of MgO cement and PC mixes, Construction and Building Materials (2016), 120, 349-363. More details...
  • C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, The role of brucite, ground granulated blastfurnace slag, and magnesium silicates in the carbonation and performance of MgO cements, Construction and Building Materials (2015), 94, 629-643. More details...
  • C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Enhancing the carbonation of MgO cement porous blocks through improved curing conditions, Cement and Concrete Research (2014), Vol. 59, pp. 55-65, DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconres.2014.02.005. More details...
  • C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Impact of hydrated magnesium carbonate additives on the carbonation of reactive MgO cements, Cement and Concrete Research (2013), Vol. 54, pp. 87-97, ISSN 0008-8846. More details...
  • C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Characterization of light and heavy magnesium carbonates using thermal analysis, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (2013), pp. 1-13, DOI: 10.1007/s10973-013-3300-3, ISSN 1388-6150. More details...
  • Y. Yi, M. Liska, C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Carbonating magnesia for soil stabilization, Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2013), Vol. 50, pp. 899-905, DOI: 10.1139/cgj-2012-0364, ISSN 0008-3674. More details...
  • Y. Yi, M. Liska, A. Akinyugha, C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Preliminary laboratory-scale model auger installation and testing of carbonated soil-MgO columns, Geotechnical Testing Journal (2013), Vol. 36, No. 3, DOI: 10.1520/GTJ20120052, ISSN 0149-6115. More details...
Conference Papers

  • C. Sonat, C. Unluer, Investigation of the mechanical properties of MgO-SiO2 binders, 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, London, UK, September 2017
  • S. Ruan, C. Unluer, Investigation of strength gain and environmental impacts of reactive MgO cement-based concrete mixes, 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, London, UK, September 2017
  • C. Unluer, Properties of reactive magnesia cements, 37th Cement and Concrete Science Conference, London, UK, September 2017
  • C. Unluer, J. Liu, Influence of calcination conditions on the properties of MgO, International Conference on Advances in Construction Materials and Systems, Chennai, India, September 2017
  • C. Unluer, Investigating the carbonation and mechanical performance of reactive MgO cement based mixes, 11th High Performance Concrete (HPC) and 2nd Concrete Innovation Conference (CIC), Tromso, Norway, March 2017
  • C. Unluer, Carbonation and mechanical performance of reactive magnesia based formulations, 19th International Conference on Sustainable Building Materials and Construction Technologies (ICSBMCT 2017), Barcelona, Spain, February 2017
  • C. Unluer, Development of novel sustainable concrete products, Singapore Sustainable Built Environment Conference (organized by the Building & Construction Authority), Singapore, September 2016
  • C. Unluer, Advances in the carbonation and recycling of sustainable cement-based materials, 2016 World Congress on Advances in Civil, Environmental, and Materials Research (ACEM16), Jeju, Korea, August 2016
  • H. Dong, C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, E.-H. Yang, Characterization of MgO calcined from Mg(OH)2 produced from reject brine, Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies (SCMT4), Las Vegas, USA, August 2016
  • J. Qiu, S. Ruan, J. Ong, N.S.Q. Ong, C. Unluer, E.-H. Yang, Fiber-reinforced strain-hardening composites incorporating MgO cement and fly ash, Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies (SCMT4), Las Vegas, USA, August 2016
  • C. Unluer, Carbonation and recycling potential of novel MgO cements, 2nd International Conference on Concrete Sustainability (ICCS16), Madrid, Spain, June 2016
  • C. Unluer, Novel cements with optimized carbon capture capabilities: Importance of aggregate particle size distribution and gap grading, 14th Int. Congress on the Chemistry of Cement, Beijing, China, October 2015
  • H. Dong, C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa , E.-H. Yang, Feasibility study of synthesizing MgO from reject brine, 14th Int. Congress on the Chemistry of Cement, Beijing, China, October 2015
  • C. Unluer, Development of novel cements with optimized carbon capture capabilities, International Conference on Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cappadocia, Turkey, May 2015
  • C. Unluer, Development of novel cements with optimized carbon capture capabilities, International Concrete Sustainability Conference, Miami, USA, May 2015
  • C. Unluer, Improving the carbonation potential of MgO-cement porous blocks through different aggregate profiles, 34th Annual Cement and Concrete Science Conference, Sheffield, UK, September 2014
  • Y. Yi, M. Liska, C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Initial Investigation into the Carbonation of MgO for soil stabilisation, Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Paris, France, September 2013. More details...
  • C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Effect of Aggregate Size Distribution on the Carbonation of Reactive Magnesia Based Porous Blocks, Proceedings of the 18th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Hull, UK, June 2012. More details...
  • C. Unluer, A. Al-Tabbaa, Green Construction with Carbonating Reactive Magnesia Porous Blocks: Effect of Cement and Water Contents, Proceedings of the International Conference on Future Concrete 2011, Dubai, UAE, December 2011. More details...
Theses

  • C. Unluer, Enhancing the Carbonation of Reactive Magnesia Cement-Based Porous Blocks, PhD Dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • C. Unluer, Optimising the Sustainability of Reactive Magnesia Cement-Based Porous Blocks, First Year Research Report for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2010
  • C. Unluer, An Experimental Evaluation of Recycled Aggregate Concrete from Waste Silt, Dissertation for the Degree of Master of Science, Imperial College London, 2007
Technology Disclosures

  • Enhanced reactive magnesia cement-based concrete mixes. Inventors: C. Unluer, T.D. Nguyen, NTU Invention Disclosure, TD/359/16 (Jan 2017), Singapore provisional patent application no. 10201700636V
  • Method of synthesizing hydrated magnesium carbonates from reject brine through waste CO2 sequestration. Inventors: EH. Yang, H.L. Dong, C. Unluer, NTU Invention Disclosure, TD/018/16 (Jan 2016)
  • CO2 sequestrating strain hardening reactive magnesium oxide composites. Inventors: EH. Yang, J.S. Qiu, C. Unluer, S.Q. Ruan, NTU Invention Disclosure, TD/021/16 (Jan 2016), Singapore provisional patent application no. 10201606655W
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